I rarely use words like "icon" and "legendary" when telling you about one of our house concert artists but these words certainly apply to Valdy, who hasn't performed in the Austin area in far too long a time. Bev and I have been big fans since we first saw him perform on the main stage at the Kerrville Folk Festival many years ago and we are very excited to have him kick off our fifth season. Valdy is a Canadian singer, guitarist, and songwriter who
catches the small but telling moments that make up
life. He has sold almost half a million copies of his 13 albums, has
two Juno Awards (Folk Singer of the Year and Folk
Entertainer of the Year), a total of seven Juno nominations
and four Gold albums to his credit. One of Canada's most
influential songwriters, Valdy's composition "A Good Song" was
recorded under the title "Just a Man" by the venerable Quincy
Jones. "Play Me a Rock and
Roll Song" has been recorded by a John
Kay of Steppenwolf and others. Valdy has performed at the Kerrville Folk Festival numerous times and tours Canada, the US, and Europe. In 2011 he was appointed Member of the Order of Canada, the second highest honor for merit in Canada.
Don't miss Valdy's return to Austin. It will surely be a memorable show.
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Few performers are capable of achieving the kind of energy he generates on stage. - Globe and Mail
....name probably doesn't ring a bell with most Americans, but in Canada this singer and guitarist is a legend. - Anchorage Times
....unquestionably the most public performer in Canada today, and the most loved. - Macleans
Valdy is regarded as one of Canada's most distinctive and successful minstrels. - Humber Log
Valdy elicited a genuinely warm standing ovation, the real kind, where the applause continues long after the encore is assured. - Winnipeg Free Press
...judging by last night's performance, Valdy's musical magic is alive and well. - Beacon Herald
One of the best evenings of entertainment Confederation Centre has ever seen....a man of formidable talents. - Charlottetown Evening Patriot
Valdy remains one of the country's purest and most credible storytellers. - Toronto Star
He's a master of country, folk, rock and blues, and the catch is that whatever the sound, people know that Valdy is sincere. - Saskatoon Star Phoenix